Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Marvel Legends, is its return good or bad?

Comic fans are across ages and scattered all around the world; and with the movie franchise of X-men and now Avengers, seemingly everyone has known a bunch of Marvel heroes and villains, making Marvel truly legend.

But is bringing back Marvel Legends a smart choice for the company? My answer would be no. And here is why.

Series 1 Marvel Legends 
Looking back on the previous Marvel Legend series, the first ones feature a classic hero or villain that you must have heard of even you didn't read the comics, including Electra, Spiderman and more; and along with the figure is a comic book and also a nice 'scene' which also acts as the figure stand, the 'scene' is always at least twice as big as the character, making it truly a background instead of a boring piece of plastic. (Imagine something like the ones you get from diamond select and make it ten times better, then it is what you'll get with the earliest Marvel Legends.)

Sentinel Series with BAF
(notice the size of Sentinel's leg)
Possibly having the figure and a really beautiful setting (and a real comic book) cost quite something, as the settings never appeared in the following series, which was replaced by the BAF parts, in long build-a-figure parts. Which once again, the figure is mostly a well-known hero or villain like Daredevil, Cyclops, Mystique and Angel. And the BAFs are even more impressive as it features some of the most notorious villains like Galactus and Sentinel, some other series include heroes like Giant man as the BAF. The BAF usually is twice as tall as the normal figures included in each pack if not higher, (or fatter in some specific case) And of course, it comes with a legit comic book and some even comes with exclusive game cards as a bonus. Variant figures are included for some figures, like Storm's Mohawk, Cyclops's X-force uniform and so on.

And now, look at the renewed Marvel Legends, the only thing that's improved is that the some figures looked better than the old ones and that it comes with a colorful package; however, no comics, no game cards and of course no beautiful backdrop, what a bummer.

On top of that, the BAF included is a less interesting villain in the first two series after the renewal and they already are being shortened in height as they only stand a little taller than other figures, not twice as tall like the old ones. Also, it starts to include less familiar characters like protector or moonstone and even someone like Sentry who died a long time ago, some may say you know the character well, but the truth is, if you are not a comic fan, you wouldn't know who the heck protector is. Also, variants nowadays does not only mean a slightly difference between characters, but sometimes it is even a different character, for example Punisher and Blade is regarded as the same figure as they are in the same 'category'. meaning that if someone buy a set, you will not be able to get all the different characters.

Returning Marvel Legends (no BAF, just figure stand...)

If that is not a strong enough reason to say that bringing back Marvel Legend is actually a dumb decision, look at series 3, which didn't even have a BAF, as it is being replaced by a piece of plastic as the figure stand. Even though BAF is back from series 4, but they chose rocket racoon (acceptable) and hit monkey, Really!? Hit Monkey, how many people actually know about the monkey with high agility? I'm sure not much. And the size of the BAF is tiny tiny, as the characters they chose are really tiny tiny in the Marvel Universe. Again, what the heck?! My suggestion will be to use wasp and ant man as the future BAFs so actually they don't have to put in any BAF parts as they are too too tiny and no one would have been able to see it anyways.

As for the final reason why I don't like the new Marvel Legends, the old ones cost half as much as the new ones, can't believe that can you.